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The Idea of You

(Ribbon Ridge #4)

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Evan Archer has always preferred peace and solitude to the loud antics of his large, hard-to-navigate family. But when Archer Enterprises needs a new creative director, Evan jumps at the chance to claim the job he’s always wanted. Moving home is easier than he expected, but Evan isn’t prepared for the stunning A-list celebrity hiding out in his family’s garage apartment.

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Kindle Edition, 261 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Avon Impulse
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April
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is by far my favorite in the series. I love the Archer family. I was curious as to how this book would play out considering Evan's Aspergers diagnosis. This book was well written with excellent consideration and knowledge of the Autism Spectrum. This novel is an excellent love story that overcomes some extraordinary hurdles. I continue to enjoy the backdrop of Ribbon Ridge and the emotional and often witty dialogue between the amazingly "real" characters. This is a winner. I do not often re ...more
Sultry Steamy Reading
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I've always known Darcy Burke as a historical romance author. That's probably because the only books I've read from her are HR novels.Anyway, when I realized she actually has the Ribbon Ridge series, I took a chance and requested for an ARC of this book. Now, I wasn't able to read the first three books; however, I didn't feel like I was missing out on something. It would have been nice to have known
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Stacee
I really liked Alaina and Evan together. Their backgrounds are completely different, but it works. I enjoyed being in their heads.

This was the first one that I though there was a slight chance a HEA wouldn't be happening. The tension towards the end was just enough to keep it interesting. And of course I'm thrilled about the epilogue we got.

Loved the characters and the plot line. I can't wait to see who is getting a story next.

**Huge thanks to Avon Impulse and Edelweiss for providing the arc
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Sandy S
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
About the book: Release Date November 17, 2015

Evan Archer has always preferred peace and solitude to the loud antics of his large, hard-to-navigate family. But when Archer Enterprises needs a new creative director, Evan jumps at the chance to claim the job he’s always wanted. Moving home is easier than he expected, but Evan isn’t prepared for the stunning A-list celebrity hiding out in his family’s garage apartment.

Following a major tabloid scandal, movie star Alaina Pierce escapes to Ribbon Rid
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Ruthie Taylor
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

What a very enjoyable read - do go back and read the earlier books in the series if you haven't already, as the background to the family is well worth reading and they are also good reads.

It must have been a real challenge to write Evan's story and do him justice, but Ms Burke has done an excellent job. Told from his and Alaina's pov, we get to understand how he thinks and how that affects her. It is very effective, as
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⚜️Trea
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a complete turn around from the previous novel! I loved how the author tackled a difficult hero like Evan, and created a perfect match for him!

Evan is very much "on the spectrum", due to the fact that he has Asperger's Syndrome, as well as ADHD and sensory issues. This made him extremely easy for me to connect to him, as my son is also on the spectrum, with some of the same issues as well! I found it interesting to see his coping mechanisms, as well as how he moved beyond his illne
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Marissa Chavez
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What can I say I love the Archer family! I love that every time read about one of them I also read to see what the others are up to! Evan's story was so great! I love that he met Alania and that they got along so well! I'm so glad how everything worked out for them! ...more
Nate Brightman
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ll confess that for much of this book I had a difficult time buying into the premise that an A-List star of the magnitude of say Jennifer Lawrence could fall in love with someone with as many abnormalities as Evan Archer (Aspergers, A.D.H.D. S.P.D.). Why would one of the most famous, desirable woman in the world be emotionally attracted to a man who had difficulty making eye contact during a conversation, who struggled to deal with over stimulation in a room full of family, even if he was in h ...more
Karen
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read books 5 and 6 yet but I am going to say it now: Evan is my favourite Archer!! I felt all of his emotions from the words, I can picture his reactions. I am not that familiar with Asperger's or the autism spectrum but more than enough details were given to make me understand Evan's challenges. Evan has had to deal with his challenges on a daily basis and coupled with a recent family tragedy, his emotions are muddled. Add the sexy and very forward movie star, Alaina Pierce and you ha ...more
AmazingJ
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I really enjoy reading Books by Darcy Burke, Albeit this one didn't totally hit it's mark.

This Story was so fast paced that it wasn't really romantic on the way a Story should be.
Evan Archer & Alaina Pierce's time together was really short & in the span of a week they were having sex almost every time they were together which bothered me because I don't think someone who has Asperger’s syndrome & a mild form of Sensory Disorder to adapt to not only be in a Relationship but be around people espe
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theBookWolf
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I've only read a few books where the main character has ASD but so far two books seemed to get it right and this is the second me. I'm no expert though so my analysis of the diagnosis might be wrong but I thought Evan seemed to represent someone with ASD well.

This is my first book by this author but I will definitely be checking out the other books in this series.
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Beverly
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this story because it related the unattainable beauty with someone who society would normally look upon as somewhat abnormal. A person who could never measure up to such a glamorous role, can actually live a normal life when treated properly.
Alaina started with nothing and went to the top , and in essence, took Evan with her!
Reggie
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has been my fave in the series so far. Evan Archer is autistic, high functioning on the spectrum, but has his sensory moments. He is drawn to Hollywood star, Alaina Pierce, when she hides out at his parents house after a tabloid scandal. The interaction between the pair, as they begin to date, is strong and adorable. Really enjoyed watching Evan come into his own.
Katy
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Evan is a really interesting main character with his autism and sensory processing issues. Alaina is just relieved to be with someone who speaks directly while she's hiding out from Hollywood.

The hiding movie star trope was a little farfetched but I still enjoy reading about the Archer family.
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Rowena Parks
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Good story but there's to much sex for my taste. ...more
Pamela
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Unique and lovely

Wow, such a great story loved the town and the people. The handling of autism was well done and educational. Nice to see happiness for the special couple.
Marilyn
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book because of Evan's disabilities but it does shows how an individual with unique disabilities is capable to live life fully especially handling a relationship. Once Alaina was able to learn and understands Evan's needs she dealt with him better and managed to addressed the issues at the same time making sure Evan was comfortable. ...more
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alaina Pierce has once again found herself in the spotlight, only this time the press has went a little too far, and taken something so personal to her and made her feel even more exposed than normal. It has her wanting to retreat, and find a place to hide out for a while, and get things right in her head and heart. She has properties of her own that she can escape to, but the paparazzi is probably already staked out at each place awaiting her arrival, so her friend Sean offers her a peaceful pl ...more
Evelyn
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Originally reviewed for www.buriedunderromance.com
THE IDEA OF YOU, the fourth novel in the Ribbon Ridge series by Darcy Burke, continues the story of the Archer sextuplets. This time the spotlight is on autistic brother Evan. He is artistic and has a passion for Star Trek and The Lord of the Rings, but he is socially very awkward. When he meets famous actress Alaina Pierce, it seems a bit like Reece Witherspoon meets Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory.
Alaina, who desperately wants to have
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Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
What's not to love about this book? With great characters, a sweet romance and a close-knit family , THE IDEA OF YOU is a really beautiful story about  a couple's decision to make their relationship a success in the face of her fame and his limitations.

Alaina Pierce needs a place to lay low and avoid the media and the idyllic town of Ribbon Ridge, Oregon is just the place to do so. Alaina finds herself loving the charm and beauty of the town but the most attractive thing about Ribbon Ridge is Ev

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Smut Matters
Apr 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Heather's review from Smut MattersI don't normally jump into a series 4 books in, but I'd heard about this one, and the concept of a hero with Asperger's was intriguing. I ended up really enjoying it, enough that at some point, I'd like to go back and read the earlier ones. I really liked the Archer family. They've been through a lot, but somehow they're still standing, still strong.

Evan was... I really liked him as a hero. I don't know anyone on the spectrum, nor do I pretend to be an expert, b
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Gaele
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: avon, edelweiss, reviewed
The second I have read from this series, Darcy Burke always seems to keep me wondering just how her characters will work out their issues. A key plotting device for romance is conflict and uncertainty, and it doesn’t always have to come from actions, but can, as in this story, come from personalities and approaches to life. Evan Archer has always preferred quiet, from focusing on his own projects to living out of the chaos that was common in his family. He’s got a chance to return home to take o ...more
Melanie
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is another great read by Darcy Burke! This is book 4 in the Ribbon Ridge Series and even though I have not read the previous books, I felt like I could jump right into this one and not be lost at all. Darcy does an excellent job with catching you up to where you need to be in this story.

Alaina is a celebrity that is running from a scandal that the press has gotten word of. She is living in the garage apartment of the Archer's house because of her good friend offering her a place to stay. A
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Angela Withrow TheArdentReader
Alaina Pierce is an award-winning actress who may have had her fill of the Hollywood scene. She is looking into in vitro fertilization and thinking of her future. Then it hits the fan. Paparazzi has pictures of her coming from the office. of the gynecologist that is helping her and speculation is off the charts. Alaina needs a place to hide out and quickly! Her production partner Sean had the perfect place for her to hide. They were in business together starting their own production company and ...more
Angela Withrow TheArdentReader
Alaina Pierce is an award-winning actress who may have had her fill of the Hollywood scene. She is looking into in vitro fertilization and thinking of her future. Then it hits the fan. Paparazzi has pictures of her coming from the office. of the gynecologist that is helping her and speculation is off the charts. Alaina needs a place to hide out and quickly! Her production partner Sean had the perfect place for her to hide. They were in business together starting their own production company and ...more
Pam
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Ahhh... It feels SO GOOD to be back in Ribbon Ridge, the fictional Oregon town where this series takes place. This RR series has quickly become one of my favorite series I've ever read, thanks to superb writing and fascinating characters that keep me coming back for more. I just can't get enough!

The Idea of You gives us our first in- depth introduction to Evan Archer, one of the Archer sextuplets. Evan has Asperger's Syndrom
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Danielle
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alaina is a A list actress and privacy isn't something she gets often. When pictures are leaked and it causes a scandal she decides she needs to get away for awhile until this mess dies down. Her business partner Sean suggest Ribbon Ridge would be the perfect place for her but she didn't expect to fall in love.

Evan is a loner and has never had a real relationship. Now that he is back home he gets the job he originally wanted but he didn't plan to fall for a well known actress who he likes spend
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Donna Morrison
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG, I think this is my favorite book so far. I fell hard for Evan. He is so amazing and caring and sounds so sexy. Even with his quirks I know he will make Alaina very happy.

Evan does not like noise or crowds, but he is part of a big family and can tolerate them most of the time but even his big family can overwhelm him some times. Now, he bumps into an A-list movie star who is hiding out in their apartment above their garage. He is very attracted to her and has a hard time fighting it. Alaina
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Kim
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at http://kimheniadis.com

Darcy Burke has written another wonderful book in the Ribbon Ridge series. Lately, it’s been taking me awhile to finish a book, but I read this one in two nights because I did not want to put it down.

I have really been looking forward to this one to see how Burke would write a character with Asperger’s Syndrome, and I think she did a great job. How Evan reacts to various stimulation and experiences is very true to people on the spectrum. And showing the
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Lynn Brooks
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It's well written, and the main characters get into your heart immediately and have you pulling for them to get together. I hadn't read any of the previous ones about the family, but this will not be my only! Can't wait to go back and read the previous siblings stories and will look forward to hopefully seeing more of Alaina and Evan in future family members stories.

Movie star Alaina Pierce is looking for a way out of Hollywood as a media circus is starting up around her. Her pr
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